Author Interview with Gordon Chaplin

I’m interviewing Gordon Chaplin today, author of literary fiction Paraiso. Welcome!

  1. Paraiso is told from the point of view of two characters, Peter and Wendy.  What were the challenges of writing from each perspective?  Was it difficult to write from the female perspective?

Having Peter narrate in the first person, while Wendy’s sections are in the third person, but from her point of view, made the transitions easier. The female perspective seemed to come very easily, though. I never had to ask myself if a woman would actually say and do these things. Maybe this is because women have always been a big part of my life…my mother, my sister, my three life partners, and my three daughters. The family dog is also female.

  1. What was your inspiration for Peter and Wendy’s complicated relationship and the dysfunctional family they came from?

I stand firm on the old saw: “Any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental.” That said, a writer always draws on what he or she knows best.

  1. Who is the inspiration for the character Felipe Reyes?

Felipe Reyes is one of those characters I took almost verbatim from real life, and is in fact the inspiration of the book. He is a Don Quixote figure who tilts at windmills and tries to do good deeds to make him worthy of his lady, Dulcinea. But they never work out. Imagine, I thought, if he chose as his Dulcinea one of those gringas of a certain age who come to Mexico in search of amorous adventure. That was how the book began, and it developed from there.

 

About the Book

25898597Like a Coen brothers noir south of the border, Paraíso is a genre-bending story about love, sibling relationships, and the dark side of paradise.
Peter and Wendy—their mother chose the names—felt as close as twins, despite their difference in age. As teens, they fled their wealthy Philadelphia home in the family station wagon and headed for Mexico, only to be discovered sleeping in the car on the banks of the Mississippi, in Huck Finn country. Now, many years later, estranged by an apparent betrayal as profound as their family’s dysfunction, the two live separate lives, Peter as an editor in New York, Wendy as an edgy sports photographer with a taste for risk. With a new book out and an invitation to Los Cabos, she drives the Mercedes inherited from their father to Baja California, finally completing the trip begun twenty years earlier.
But when the engine fails near a small town named Paraíso—Paradise—she lingers, exploring its underside in an affair with a dangerous man and, all too suddenly, becoming witness to a vicious crime. Meanwhile, in New York, Peter can’t help but think of Wendy. When, from his apartment in lower Manhattan, he watches the Twin Towers fall on a beautiful September day, he knows it’s time to leave his comfortable life, go find Wendy, and make peace with his long-lost sister. A noirish tale reminiscent of David Lynch and the Coen brothers, Paraíso traces the journey from a mother’s dark secret to a place where love, and even perfect love, is possible.
Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade, Yucca, and Good Books imprints, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in fiction—novels, novellas, political and medical thrillers, comedy, satire, historical fiction, romance, erotic and love stories, mystery, classic literature, folklore and mythology, literary classics including Shakespeare, Dumas, Wilde, Cather, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

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Book Review Traveling Left of Center

Christie--Traveling Left of Center-printTitle: Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories
Author: Nancy Christie
Genre: Literary Fiction / Short Story Collection
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

There are some people who, whether by accident or design, find themselves traveling left of center. Unable or unwilling to seize control over their lives, they allow fate to dictate the path they take—often with disastrous results.

TRAVELING LEFT OF CENTER AND OTHER STORIES details characters in life situations for which they are emotionally or mentally unprepared. Their methods of coping range from the passive (“The Healer”) and the aggressive (“The Clock”) to the humorous (“Traveling Left of Center”) and hopeful (“Skating on Thin Ice”).

The eighteen stories in TRAVELING LEFT OF CENTER AND OTHER STORIES depict those types of situations, from the close calls to the disastrous. Not all the stories have happy endings—like life, sometimes things work out and sometimes they don’t.

In these stories, the characters’ choices—or non-choices—are their own. But the outcomes may not be what they anticipated or desired.

Will they have time to correct their course or will they crash?

In Traveling Left of Center, author Nancy Christie introduces the reader to a remarkable collection of short stories about people who, for some reason, find themselves traveling left of center. Each character has to deal with a situation for which they’re not prepared, and this book truly shows humans at their most vulnerable, and sometimes at their most powerful when they show true strength.

Some of the stories were emotionally heavy, and others were lighter, but they all did paint flawed characters, and the author did an incredible job portraying all characters’ emotions, from lonelinss to frustration to sadness. Often in short stories I find it hard to connect to the characters since we share little page time with them, but I had no such issues here.

The writing was excellent, and the author had no trouble transporting the reader into the world of these characters. I really enjoyed this collection of quality work, and look forward to reading more books by this author in the future.

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Book Tours: Starter Day Party Traveling Left of Center

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I’m hosting the starter day party today for literary fiction “Traveling Left of Center”. The tour runs from June 20 to June 30. Enjoy the tour, and stay tuned for my review on June 30!

Tour Schedule

June 20th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

June 20th: Promo Post @ Stormy Night Reviewing

June 21st: Book Excerpt @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

June 22nd: Book Review, Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Moonlight Gleam Reviews

June 23rd:  Book Excerpt @ The Single Librarian

June 24th: Promo Post @ Maari Loves Her Indies

June 25th: Author Interview and Giveaway @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

June 26th: Promo Post @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

June 27th: Author Interview @ The Pursuit of Bookiness

June 28th: Book Excerpt @ Bookish Madness

June 29th:  Promo Post @ Bedazzled Reading

June 30th: Book Review and Giveaway @ I Heart Reading

About the Book

Christie--Traveling Left of Center-printTitle: Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories

Author: Nancy Christie

Genre: Literary Fiction / Short Story Collection

There are some people who, whether by accident or design, find themselves traveling left of center. Unable or unwilling to seize control over their lives, they allow fate to dictate the path they take—often with disastrous results.

TRAVELING LEFT OF CENTER AND OTHER STORIES details characters in life situations for which they are emotionally or mentally unprepared. Their methods of coping range from the passive (“The Healer”) and the aggressive (“The Clock”) to the humorous (“Traveling Left of Center”) and hopeful (“Skating on Thin Ice”).

The eighteen stories in TRAVELING LEFT OF CENTER AND OTHER STORIES depict those types of situations, from the close calls to the disastrous. Not all the stories have happy endings—like life, sometimes things work out and sometimes they don’t.

In these stories, the characters’ choices—or non-choices—are their own. But the outcomes may not be what they anticipated or desired.

Will they have time to correct their course or will they crash?

About Nancy Christie

Nancy Christie-2Nancy Christie is the author of the fiction collection, Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories and two short story e-books, Annabelle and Alice in Wonderland (all published by Pixel Hall Press).

Her stories have been accepted by print and online publications such as St. Anthony Messenger, Bethlehem Writers Roundtable, Talking River, Wild Violet, EWR: Short Stories, Hypertext, Full of Crow, Fiction365, Red Fez, and The Chaffin Journal.

She is also the author of The Gifts of Change (Atria/Beyond Words), an inspirational book that encourages readers to take a closer look at how they deal with the inevitability of change and ways in which they can use change to gain a new perspective, re-evaluate their goals and reconsider their options. Since its publication in 2004, The Gifts of Change has been released in three foreign editions.

Currently Christie is working on several book projects, including a second collection, a novel and a book for writers. The founder of “Celebrate Short Fiction” Day, and member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and Short Fiction Writers Guild (SFWG), Christie hosts the monthly Monday Night Writers group in Canfield, OH.

Website: www.nancychristie.com

Blogs:

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Social media links:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nancychristie.writer

Google+: http://gplus.to/nancychristie

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nancychristie/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/NChristie_OH @NChristie_OH

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1048768.Nancy_Christie

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Book Review The Watermelon King

The Watermelon King Book CoverTitle: The Watermelon King
Author: Daniel Royse
Genre: Literary Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

After being laid off from his job at a prestigious consulting firm, Dean decides to embark on a journey across east Africa with his younger brother. Unknowingly, the two travel into bandit territory through Northern Kenya where a medical emergency forces them to choose between their safety and their health.

Inspired by true events, The Watermelon King follows the journey of two brothers as they backpack across one of East Africa’s most inhospitable regions. As they endure endless days of difficult travel, a series of short stories written by their father begins to uncover some of their deepest motivations and brings to light their connection to the past. Along the way they begin to understand the beauty and frustration of life in Africa.

In The Watermelon King, Dean and his younger brother embark on a journey across Africa. But when they enter Northern Kenya, they venture into badit territory, and a medical emergency forces them to choose between dafety and health. What I thought was most intriguing about the book was that it was inspired by true events. It shows the beauty of Africa, and the struggles of the continent, as well as the beauty of travel and the dangerous part of it. As a reader, you go along on the journey, and you live through it alongside the characters.

The connection to the past works well. For me, having never been in Africa before, the novel did a great job describing the settings – I could actually picture being there, and the book certainly inspired me to go there some day.

The writing was excellent and pulled me right into the story. If you love travel, I would recommend this book.

 

Book Tours: Starter Day Party The Watermelon King

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I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for literary fiction “The Watermelon King”. The tour runs from March 1 to April 1. Enjoy, and stay tuned for my review on March 16!

Tour Schedule

March 1st: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

March 1st: Book Excerpt @ Stormy Night Reviewing

March 4th: Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

March 6th: Book Excerpt @ Uplifting Reads

March 8th: Book Excerpt @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

March 10th: Book Excerpt @ Rising Indies United

March 12th: Book Excerpt @ The Writer’s Inkwell

March 16th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

March 18th: Book Excerpt @ Please Pass the Books

March 20th: Author Interview @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

March 21st: Book Excerpt @ Avenue Books

March 24th: Book Excerpt @ Maari Loves Her Indies

March 28th: Book Review @ Andi’s Book Reviews

March 30th: Book Excerpt @ Bookish Madness

About the Book

The Watermelon King Book CoverTitle: The Watermelon King

Author: Daniel Royse

Genre: Literary Fiction

After being laid off from his job at a prestigious consulting firm, Dean decides to embark on a journey across east Africa with his younger brother. Unknowingly, the two travel into bandit territory through Northern Kenya where a medical emergency forces them to choose between their safety and their health.

Inspired by true events, The Watermelon King follows the journey of two brothers as they backpack across one of East Africa’s most inhospitable regions. As they endure endless days of difficult travel, a series of short stories written by their father begins to uncover some of their deepest motivations and brings to light their connection to the past. Along the way they begin to understand the beauty and frustration of life in Africa.

Author Bio

Daniel Royse - HeadshotDaniel Royse is the founder and editor in chief of the online travel publication, This Boundless World. He has written numerous articles on travel, business and politics. The Watermelon King is his first full-length novel.

Daniel is an obsessive writer and explorer who has backpacked to over 50 countries, spanning five continents. To the disbelief of many, he still enjoys long, hot bus rides through chaotic places.

 

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Book Review: The Real Estate of Things by Nitin Deckha

The+Real+Estate+of+ThingsTitle: The Real Estate of Things
Author: Nitin Deckha
Genre: Literary Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

The Real Estate of Things is a comedic story about real estate, spirituality and politics in the sprawling, multicultural suburb of West York.

Fifty-­‐something Shaku Sehgal is looking for a new lease of life. With two grown kids and a supportive accountant husband who gardens, she’s followed her best friend, Neelam, into the exciting world of real estate. While she dreams of becoming the premier realtor of West York City, a position currently held by the much envied, Ruth Leslie, Shaku’s languishing at her current brokerage, SuperStar Realty.

To jumpstart her career, Shaku sneaks into a real estate conference and learns about a new redevelopment contest for a local derelict site. Part of the prize is to be an exclusive broker for the chosen new development. Shaku successfully pitches it to her brokerage, teams up with the young up-­‐and-­‐coming realtor, Jason Sevende, and they throw their hat into the contest.

Soon, Shaku and Jason find themselves competing against teams across the city, including Shaku’s friend, Neelam and the doyenne of luxury realty, Ruth Leslie. Not only that, the contest draws the attention of global spiritual guru, Chakra Sahib, and the ire of a seemingly anonymous movement protesting and threatening to derail the whole redevelopment.

Join Shaku, Jason and the band of realtors as they confront obstacles and reflect on the meanings of success, love and friendship in this epic race amongst realtors, The Real Estate of Things.

In The Real Estate of Things, fifty-something Shaku Sehgal wants to make some changes to her life. She follows her best friend, Neelam, into the exciting world of real estate, her dream being to become the premier realtor of West York City. This position is currently owned by Ruth Leslie. Shaku must battle against her in a redevelopment contest for a local derelict site, along with the other realtors.

An inspiring book that focuses on the meaning of success, love and friendship. Shaku is an intriguing protagonist, and the world of realtors is a lot more engaging than I thought it would be. The writing is great, and the book is fast-paced without rushing. I also liked Chakra Sahib – an intriguing person who advocates a whole new way of life.

Recommended to anyone who enjoys literary fiction.

Book Tours: Starter Day Party Naked Reverse

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I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for literary fiction “Naked Reverse”. The tour runs from February 2 to March 2. I hope you enjoy the tour!

Tour Schedule

February 2nd: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

February 3rd: Promo Post @ Rising Indies United

February 4th: Promo Post @ Stormy Night Reviewing

February 6th: Book Excerpt @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

February 9th: Promo Post @ Maari Loves Her Indies

February 11th: Book Excerpt @ The Single Librarian

February 13th: Guest Post @ Mythical Books

February 16th: Book Excerpt @ Literary Musings

February 18th: Author Interview @ Boundless Minds

February 20th: Book Excerpt @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

February 22nd: Guest Post @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

February 24th: Promo Post @ Indy Book Fairy

February 26th: Book Excerpt @ The Book Daily

February 28th: Promo Post @ Bookish Madness

March 2nd: Book Review @ Books are Love

About the Book

NR_cv_HRTitle: Naked Reverse

Author: Michael Boylan

Genre: Literary Fiction / Adventure

There’s a secret back door to the Ivory Tower. Follow college professor Andrew Viam through that secret passageway as he goes on an Odyssey into the real world full of love and violence. Will he survive? This is an open question. He falls for a woman, but then she’s running away from a boyfriend who’s into Organized Crime and wants her back. From the tough city streets of Chicago to the wild woods of Wisconsin, Andrew will have to call on new resources if he wants to make it alive to next term. It’s a summer break he’d never experienced—and hopefully never will again.

Author Bio

Michael Boylan is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Marymount University. He is the author of 29 books and over 130 articles in literature and philosophy. He has delivered invited lectures in 14 countries on 5 continents. He is a lifetime fellow of the British Arts Trust in Reigate, Surrey.

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Website: http://michaelboylan.net

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michaelboylan22207

Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelboylan60

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Release Blitz Naked Reverse

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About the Book

NR_cv_HRTitle: Naked Reverse

Author: Michael Boylan

Genre: Literary Fiction / Adventure

There’s a secret back door to the Ivory Tower. Follow college professor Andrew Viam through that secret passageway as he goes on an Odyssey into the real world full of love and violence. Will he survive? This is an open question. He falls for a woman, but then she’s running away from a boyfriend who’s into Organized Crime and wants her back. From the tough city streets of Chicago to the wild woods of Wisconsin, Andrew will have to call on new resources if he wants to make it alive to next term. It’s a summer break he’d never experienced—and hopefully never will again.

Author Bio

Michael Boylan is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Marymount University. He is the author of 29 books and over 130 articles in literature and philosophy. He has delivered invited lectures in 14 countries on 5 continents. He is a lifetime fellow of the British Arts Trust in Reigate, Surrey.

Links

Website: http://michaelboylan.net

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michaelboylan22207

Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelboylan60

Buy the Book:

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Book Tours: Starter Day Party for The Real Estate of Things

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The last tour starting today is for literary fiction “The Real Estate of Things”. This tour runs from January 18 to February 18, and you can win an eBook copy of the book during the tour.

Scroll down to participate.

Tour Schedule

January 18th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

January 18th: Promo Post @ Stormy NightReviewing

January 19th: Promo Post @ The Single Librarian

January 20th: Guest Post and Promo @ Please Pass the Books

January 21st: Promo Post @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

January 23rd: Book Excerpt @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

January 25th: Guest Post and Book Excerpt @ Books Direct

January 26th: Promo Post @ Rising Indies United

January 27th: Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

January 28th: Book Excerpt @ Rainne’s Ramblings

January 29th: Character Interview @ The Book Daily

January 31st: Promo Post @ Bookish Madness

February 2nd: Promo Post @ Cassandra M’s Place

February 4th: Book Excerpt @ Just Books

February 6th: Promo Post @ Hollow Readers

February 7th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

February 8th: Book Review @ Bedazzled Reading

February 11th: Guest Post @ SolaFide Publishing

February 12th: Book Excerpt @ The Reading Guru

February 14th: Promo Post @ 365 Days of Reading

February 16th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

February 18th: Book Excerpt @ Bookaholic Ramblings

About the Book

The+Real+Estate+of+ThingsTitle: The Real Estate of Things

Author: Nitin Deckha

Genre: Literary Fiction

The Real Estate of Things is a comedic story about real estate, spirituality and politics in the sprawling, multicultural suburb of West York.

Fifty-­‐something Shaku Sehgal is looking for a new lease of life. With two grown kids and a supportive accountant husband who gardens, she’s followed her best friend, Neelam, into the exciting world of real estate. While she dreams of becoming the premier realtor of West York City, a position currently held by the much envied, Ruth Leslie, Shaku’s languishing at her current brokerage, SuperStar Realty.

To jumpstart her career, Shaku sneaks into a real estate conference and learns about a new redevelopment contest for a local derelict site. Part of the prize is to be an exclusive broker for the chosen new development. Shaku successfully pitches it to her brokerage, teams up with the young up-­‐and-­‐coming realtor, Jason Sevende, and they throw their hat into the contest.

Soon, Shaku and Jason find themselves competing against teams across the city, including Shaku’s friend, Neelam and the doyenne of luxury realty, Ruth Leslie. Not only that, the contest draws the attention of global spiritual guru, Chakra Sahib, and the ire of a seemingly anonymous movement protesting and threatening to derail the whole redevelopment.

Join Shaku, Jason and the band of realtors as they confront obstacles and reflect on the meanings of success, love and friendship in this epic race amongst realtors, The Real Estate of Things.

Author Bio

Nitin Deckha author picNitin Deckha is the author of a collection of short stories, Shopping for Sabzi (2008). His fiction has been published in magazines, edited collections, and chapbooks and he has read his work across Canada, the US and India. In 2010, he was featured as part of the Canadian Writers in Person lecture series at York University, Toronto. Nitin holds a PhD in Anthropology and has taught social sciences for over a decade. More recently, he completed certification in Adult Training and Development (MCATD, CTDP) and crafts and leads learning and organizational change. He lives in Toronto. Contact him at @RealEstateofThi

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Book Tours: Starter Day Party for A Single Breath

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I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for literary fiction “A Single Breath”. The tour runs from September 1 to September 15. Enjoy the tour!

Tour Schedule

September 1st: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

September 1st: Book Excerpt @ Author C.A. Milson’s Blog

September 3rd: Promo Post @ Indy Book Fairy

September 5th: Guest Post @ Dannie Speaks

September 7th: Author Interview and Book Excerpt @ Teatime and Books

September 9th: Book Excerpt @ Paranormal Romance…And Beyond

September 10th: Promo Post @ Please Pass The Books

September 11th: Book Excerpt and Guest Post @ Crystal’s Chaotic Confessions

September 13th: Author Interview and Book Excerpt @ BooksChatter

September 13th: Promo Post @ Nat’s Book Nook

September 15th: Book Excerpt @ Cara Correnti’s Blog

About the Book

Front_A Single Breath_med resTitle: A Single Breath

Author: Amanda Apthorpe

Genre: Literary fiction

“Life’s beginning and its end hinged on a single breath as though the rest was conducted in its pause.”

When the first hate letter arrives in the days after her patient, Bonnie’s death, obstetrician Doctor Dana Cavanagh reads it with shaking hands before placing it next to the small news article of the court’s verdict: not guilty.

Hate letters continue to trickle in, but one stands out from the others—a cryptic message with a tiny marble stone, its origin—Kos, Greece, the birthplace of Hippocrates. She had once proudly sworn his oath, “I will give not deadly medicine.”

Accompanied by her sister Madeleine, Dana follows the mystery of the letter to Kos. The arrival of two more letters, and the strange appearances of a woman, beckon her to Italy and England. Despairing for her sanity, Dana persists in her crusade to come to terms with being implicated in the death of another.

Author Bio

Amanda Apthorpe_author MED RESAmanda Apthorpe is a Melbourne-based, Australian author of fiction and non-fiction. She studied at the University of Melbourne and holds a PhD and a Masters degree in creative writing, is a Master of science and a teacher with over twenty-five years experience. Amanda currently teaches in the Professional Writing and Editing program at the Centre for Adult Education, and is active in the international academic community of writing. She is published by Atlas Productions.

Links

Websites:            http://amandaapthorpe.com

http://www.atlasproductions.com.au

Twitter:               @ AmandaApthorpe

Facebook:          https://www.facebook.com/pages/Amanda-Apthorpe/1401481590180532?fref=ts